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  • Putin Says It’s ‘Cynical’ to Blame Stalin for World War II

    10/06/2019 3:09:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 32 replies
    Blaming Stalin for starting World War II is “the height of cynicism,” Russian President Vladimir Putin has said amid renewed discussion over the Soviet Union’s role in the conflict. “To say that Stalin unleashed the war is the height of cynicism,” Putin said at an international conference in southern Russia on Thursday. “It’s as if the Soviet Union attacked Germany at 4 a.m. on June 22 [1941] and not vice versa,” he told the Valdai Discussion Club. Russia and former satellites disagree over Stalin’s role in 1939, when he clinched the Molotov-Ribbentrop non-aggression pact with Nazi Germany that paved the...
  • The Netherlands and the Holocaust

    10/04/2019 9:46:11 AM PDT · by rktman · 23 replies ^ | 10/4/2019 | Michael Curtis
    During WW II, the train systems of occupied countries were critical in carrying out the Nazi’s “Final Solution" regarding the Jews. The Dutch railroad system, Nederlandse Spoorwegen (NS), deported 107,000 Jews during the Nazi occupation, of whom 5,100 survived. A new Dutch book on the railroad in wartime states that 112 Dutch trains deported Jews from the main transit camp Westerbork, originally a prewar refugee camp, in the northeast Netherlands, to Nazi camps between June 1942 and August 1944. As in France, the railroad was paid a small amount by the Nazis for the transport to the German border where...
  • Prague to remove statue of Soviet marshal who led Red Army forces

    09/12/2019 2:34:30 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 41 replies
    Reuters ^ | 9/12/2019
    A district assembly in Prague voted on Thursday to remove a statue of a Soviet World War Two marshal and replace it with a more general memorial following a row that has drawn in the Czech president and Russian authorities. The statue of Marshal Ivan Konev, who led the Red Army forces that liberated most of Czechoslovakia and entered Prague on May 9, 1945, was erected in 1980. It has been the subject of controversy since the 1989 fall of communism because of Konev’s later endeavors, which included a leading role in crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising as well as...
  • WW2 photos show crew of the Enola Gay B-29 bomber receiving a heroes’ welcome

    09/11/2019 5:55:57 AM PDT · by mairdie · 47 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 11 September 2019 | Ryan Fahey
    Never-before-seen photos of the aircraft crew that dropped the world's first atomic bomb receiving a heroes' welcome upon returning from the historic mission have come to light. The black and white photos show the 12 airmen posing before and after they deployed the B-29 bomber 'Enola Gay' to drop the devastating bomb on Hiroshima in Japan. One photo is of pilot Colonel Paul Tibbets being given an immediate gallantry decoration by a general after stepping off the aircraft.
  • In Polish Ceremony Marking 80 Years Since WWII, the Poles Forgot One Thing

    09/03/2019 2:59:53 AM PDT · by NorseViking · 38 replies
    Haaretz ^ | September 2, 2019 | Ofer Aderet
    In events marking 80 years since Nazi invasion of Poland that started the war, genocide of Jews was swallowed up like it never happened. The right-wing nationalist government in Poland can celebrate a great victory. In the long war over the “culture of memory,” an objective it set for itself upon coming to power in 2015, the last bastion was conquered yesterday. After Israel’s recognition last year of the Polish narrative – which emphasizes the suffering of the Polish nation and minimizes its part in causing suffering to another nation – now Germany and the United States have also been...
  • The Latest on 80th Anniversary of WWII: Russia tweets reminder of Soviet role

    09/01/2019 2:16:16 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 71 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 1, 2019
    WARSAW, Poland (AP) — The Latest on the 80th anniversary of the start of World War II (all times local): 7:00 p.m. Russian President Vladimir Putin wasn’t invited to attend ceremonies for the 80th anniversary of the day World War II started in Poland. But his Foreign Ministry tried to make sure the Soviet Union’s role in ending the war got acknowledged at least. The ministry tweeted on Sunday: “One may have varying opinions on Soviet policy during the initial period of World War II, but it is impossible to deny the fact that it was the Soviet Union that...
  • September 3, 1939: Fireside Chat 14: On the European War

    09/01/2019 2:10:56 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 16 replies
    UVA Miller Center ^ | Sep 3, 1939 | Franklin D. Roosevelt
    My fellow Americans and my friends: Tonight my single duty is to speak to the whole of America. Until four-thirty this morning I had hoped against hope that some miracle would prevent a devastating war in Europe and bring to an end the invasion of Poland by Germany. For four long years a succession of actual wars and constant crises have shaken the entire world and have threatened in each case to bring on the gigantic conflict which is today unhappily a fact. ...I myself cannot and do not prophesy the course of events abroad -- ...I cannot prophesy the...
  • Germany asks Poland's forgiveness 80 years after WWII invasion

    09/01/2019 9:02:40 AM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 44 replies
    France24 ^ | 1 Sep 2019 | AFP
    German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier on Sunday asked Poland’s forgiveness for history’s bloodiest conflict during a ceremony in the Polish city of Wielun, where the first World War II bombs fell 80 years ago. “I bow my head before the victims of the attack on Wielun. I bow my head before the Polish victims of Germany’s tyranny. And I ask forgiveness,” Steinmeier said in both German and Polish. “It is the Germans who committed a crime against humanity in Poland. Anyone who claims it is over, that the national-socialists’ reign of terror over Europe is a marginal event in German history...
  • A 'Soviet Paradise,' A Nazi Nightmare

    08/31/2019 2:10:21 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 9 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | August 31, 2019 | Amos Chapple
    In German-occupied Prague, a disturbing exhibition of “souvenirs” captured during the Nazi invasion of the U.S.S.R. shows how one totalitarian regime sought to discredit the other. Inside the exhibition, which was open to the public daily from 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. throughout March 1942, an entire village lane from Soviet territory had been transported from the fighting front and recreated to show the “gray misery” of life under Bolshevism. Both Nazi and communist regimes made extensive use of crude propaganda. Adolf Hitler described his vision for propaganda in 1925: “…all effective propaganda must be confined to a few bare...
  • Mock Execution Of World War II 'Traitor' In Siberia Misfires For Many

    08/26/2019 3:17:08 PM PDT · by CondoleezzaProtege · 10 replies
    RFE/RL ^ | Aug 2019 | Matt Luxmoore
    "Subject to execution by firing squad!" The words rang out this weekend in a Siberian field near the border with Kazakhstan. "The decision is final and cannot be appealed." Three men with Kalashnikovs and military uniforms seized a third man wearing peasant clothing and shouting "I repent!" and "They forced me to do it!" Two shots were fired. The man fell to the ground. "Death to traitors!" a voice shouted through a microphone, as the crowd began to applaud. The guns were fake, the man acting, and the WWII uniforms part of a family oriented history festival at which this...
  • 80th anniversary of Stalin-Hitler friendship: All you need no know about Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact

    08/23/2019 12:03:14 PM PDT · by AdmSmith · 23 replies
    112 UA ^ | 23AUG2019 | Staff
    The Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact was a document that became the "last prelude" before the outbreak of World War II. After 80 years, we’ll try again to look back into the past and remember how it all happened. At the end of June 1939, negotiations on the normalization of relations between the Soviet Union and Germany began. In July, there was the talk of a trade agreement and a plan to improve relations between countries, which included political rapprochement. During a meeting with the military on August 14, Adolf Hitler announced his intention to start a war with Poland, since "UK and...
  • Shark Massacre 1943 - The 'Other' USS Indianapolis

    08/20/2019 8:42:26 AM PDT · by Rebelbase · 9 replies
    Youtube ^ | Jul 25, 2019 | Mark Felton
    When the US transport ship Cape San Juan was torpedoed in the Pacific, the survivors faced an horrific ordeal in seas full of sharks. Find out the horrifying story of the 'other' USS Indianapolis.Five minute video:
  • Lyudmila Pavlichenko - Battle for Sevastopol [English]

    08/11/2019 1:06:23 PM PDT · by NorseViking · 16 replies
    A trailer for an interesting Ukrainian-Russian movie from earlier 2010s. A story of the World's top sniper and an alleged dyke girlfriend of Mrs. FDR.
  • Survival of Christian Civilization?

    08/18/2019 7:02:48 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 9 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 14, 2019 | Bill Federer
    President William Howard Taft had stated at a missionary conference in 1908: "No man can study the movement of modern CIVILIZATION from an impartial standpoint, and not realize that Christianity and the spread of Christianity are the basis of hope of modern CIVILIZATION in the growth of popular self government. The spirit of Christianity is pure democracy. It is equality of man before God - the equality of man before the law, which is, as I understand it, the most God-like manifestation that man has been able to make." In 1923, in his last public address, titled "The Road Away...
  • Colonel Mitchell Paige

    08/11/2019 6:00:05 PM PDT · by robowombat · 10 replies
    Gathering of Eagles ^ | Col. James D. Coy
    “My parents and teachers instilled in me a devout love of God, family, and country. When I left home after high school to enlist in the Marines, my God-fearing mother admonished me to ‘Just trust in God always.’ Six years later, right after the fierce battle on Guadalcanal, I emptied the contents of my combat pack, and be-cause of my burned hands, I gingerly picked up my pocket New Testament which included the Psalms and Proverbs. The page prov-identially opened to Proverbs 3:5-6: ‘Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. In all...
  • JFK, PT-109, & Pacific World War II

    08/07/2019 11:47:50 AM PDT · by Perseverando · 27 replies
    American Minute ^ | August 2, 2019 | Bill Federer
    The South Pacific had many major battles during World War II: Pearl Harbor, Dec. 7, 1941, Wake Island, Dec. 7-23, 1941, Doolittle Raid, April 18, 1942, Coral Sea, May 4-8, 1942, Midway, June 4-7, 1942, Guadalcanal campaign, Aug. 7, 1942-Feb. 9, 1943, Gilbert & Marshall Islands campaign, 1943–44: Makin Island, Aug. 17-18, 1942, Tarawa, Nov. 20, 1943, Makin, Nov. 20-23, 1943, Kwajalein, Feb. 14, 1944, Eniwetok, Feb. 17, 1944, Truk Island, Feb. 17-18, 1944,  Mariana & Palau Islands campaign 1944: Saipan, June 16, 1944, Philippine Sea, June 19-20, 1944, Guam, July 21, 1944, Tinian, July 24, 1944, Peleliu, Sept....
  • Owen John Baggett Killed Japanese Pilot in Mid Air-Reported as Truth!

    08/03/2019 12:55:10 AM PDT · by ransomnote · 14 replies ^ | March 15, 2016 | Rich Buhler & Staff
      Owen John Baggett Killed Japanese Pilot in Mid Air-Reported as Truth!Summary of eRumor:Owen John Baggett, a pilot who flew B-24s in World War II, shot and killed a Japanese pilot with a revolver while he parachuting to the ground from his destroyed airplane.The Truth:By all accounts, it’s true that Owen John Baggett killed a Japanese pilot while parachuting to the ground during World War II.There are accounts of Owen John Baggett’s legendary feat circulating in blog posts, emails and discussion forums. Many of these can be traced back to a profile on Baggett that appeared in Air Force Magazine.The legend goes...
  • Poland marks 75th anniversary of WWII uprising

    08/01/2019 9:28:12 AM PDT · by dfwgator · 11 replies
    Polskie Radio ^ | Aug. 1. 2019
    A day of commemorations started in Poland on Thursday to mark 75 years since the outbreak of the Warsaw Uprising, a bloody WWII insurgency against the city's German occupiers. Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki paid tribute to the insurgents early in the day, saying “there wouldn’t be a free Poland” if not for their heroic struggle.
  • Miracle of Dunkirk & Sir Winston Churchill: his views on National Socialism & Sharia Islam

    07/31/2019 12:38:33 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 17 replies
    American Minute ^ | July 18, 2019 | Bill Federer
    Winston Churchill became Prime Minister of Britain on May 10, 1940. World War II would rage another year and a half before the entrance of Unite States. The situation in Europe was desperate, as two massive Nazi armies were driving back British, French, Dutch, Polish and Belgian troops to the English Channel, bottling them up in the port of Dunkirk. The Belgian army surrendered. If the British forces were destroyed, Britain would be forced to negotiate a surrender. For reasons still debated, Hitler approved an order on May 24 to halt for three days the advance of 800,000 Nazi troop,...
  • The US Land Forever Leased to England

    07/27/2019 9:36:12 AM PDT · by bgill · 33 replies
    bbc ^ | July 12, 2019 | Brian Carlton
    While the US was officially neutral, Germany couldn’t openly attack the ships leaving East Coast ports with these supplies. That changed in December 1941, when Germany and Japan declared war on the United States. One month later, the U-boats arrived on the East Coast and started targeting ships right off Ocracoke. “On the North Carolina coast, you have its Diamond Shoals, sandbars that ships want to avoid,” said Dr Frank Blazich, lead curator of military history for the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History. “Ships would be hugging the coast and then shooting out to avoid the shoals, which made...